We stayed in this hotel for our anniversary for 4 nights in October.
We paid for a Junior Suite (approx £250 per night).
We arrived at the hotel after flying into Schipol. The train from the airport to Central Station is really easy, 13 Euros for 2 and takes about 10 minutes. It's then litterally a 5 minute walk from the station to the hotel. You can't miss the hotel, it's so grand and right on the corner of the road.
We got checked in really quickly and were told we were upgraded to a City View Junior Suite (I double checked and these rooms were more expensive, just for the view). Staff were really friendly and the guy that took our bags to our room was really nice, told us about the hotel and where things were.
The room was one of the biggest we have stayed in! The ceilings were almost the height of our house! So big that there is electric curtains in the rooms. We were right on a cornder so had large windows (that open) to the front and to the side of the hotel.
An extremely comfy bed.
Probably a little lacking in storage space, there was one cupboard but not much hangers, but it was fine.
Large TV with various channels including BB1 and BB2.
Free wireless internet, which could be quite slow at times.
Nespresso coffee machine and kettle.
I have to say, the free mini bar was great and it was re-stocked every day. Being in a Junior Suite you also get a half bottle of champagne to. Red and white wine, couple of chocolate bars, peanuts and pringles, plus beer, vodka, whiskey, bacardi, brandy & gin, fresh orange, water, coka/diet coke, tonic and red bull.
This made up for the expensive drinks in the hotel bar. We had a vodka and lemonade and a jack daniels and coke and it was 19,50!
Breakfast wasn't included in our room rate and one night we opted to get it delivered the next morning. Went for the full fry up and it cost 27,50 EACH plus a 7,50 tray charge. I think that's the most expensive breakfast we have ate and to be honest, it wasn't all that great. The hotel restaurant did always look quite and probably because of the price, but with so many options so close to the hotel there wasn't a need to eat there. You are just 5 minutes away from Chinatown/Red light area that is stacked full of bars/restaurants.
Although we did get room service a couple of times, it's 24 hours with 2 different menus for the time of day and the food was really nice. The local bitterballen shrimp or veal are really tasty.
The hotel's spa area is great. We went down 3 times, twice we were on the only ones there but on our last night it was a bit busier. The pool is quite small but nice for a relaxing swim, there's a jacuzzi, a steam room and 3 saunas - all great. There is also sun loungers for you just to relax and read a book. We didn't get any treatments but there are a lot of options, although quite expensive. There is also a gym that looked good.
Apart from the breakfast cost, there is nothing I could say badly about this hotel, it really was great and worth paying the money for. Note that you have to pay a City tax charge when you depart, 5% I think it is.
Amsterdam itself is a great place with so many things to do and see and the hotel is positioned really well for walking everywhere. It's a 15 minute walk to the Artis zoo which we went to and was really good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The newest five-star deluxe hotel of Amsterdam in the monumental Shipping House. You can find us on the Prins Hendrikkade in the city center at only 500m from Central Station and 1100m from Dam Square. We have 165 rooms, of which 25 suites offer complimentary wireless internet, free minibar and from free access to the wellness center. Facilities furthermore include restaurant Seven Seas, meeting rooms and a bar/lounge. ... more less
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